IBS

Medical Marijuana located in Summerfield, FL and Auburn, ME

IBS

IBS services offered in Summerfield, FL and Auburn, ME

If gas, bloating, and abdominal discomfort are part of your everyday routine, you may have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). At Relief Clinic, a medical marijuana practice with locations in Summerfield, Florida, and Auburn, Maine, the superior medical specialists diagnose and treat IBS symptoms using medical-grade marijuana. Call the office to learn more or use the online booking tool today.

What is IBS?

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common gastrointestinal disorder that causes unpleasant or embarrassing symptoms when left untreated. While IBS isn’t necessarily a cause for concern, it can diminish your quality of life and increase the risk of health complications.

What are the symptoms of IBS?

The common symptoms of IBS include:

  • Gas 
  • Bloating
  • Abdominal pain
  • Abdominal cramping
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Changes in bowel patterns

If you have ongoing diarrhea or constipation because of IBS, your risk of developing hemorrhoids increases. IBS may also negatively affect your mood, increasing the chance of anxiety and depression.

What are the risk factors for IBS?

The common causes and risk factors for developing IBS include:

  • Nervous system abnormalities
  • Abnormal Intestinal muscle contractions
  • Ongoing or extreme stress
  • Severe infections
  • Changes in your gut microbiome
  • Eating certain foods
  • Being younger than 50
  • Being female
  • Estrogen therapy
  • Anxiety, depression, or other mental health challenges
  • Family history of IBS

IBS affects women more frequently than men. Eliminating certain foods from your diet, such as dairy foods, citrus fruits, and carbonated beverages, may reduce the chance of severe IBS symptoms and make it more manageable.

How does my provider diagnose IBS?

Your provider can diagnose IBS after reviewing your medical history, lifestyle habits, and symptoms. They check your vital signs, complete a physical exam, and may order blood tests, a colonoscopy, an upper endoscopy, X-rays, a CT scan, or other imaging procedures. You might also need lactose intolerance tests, stool tests, or breath tests.

How is IBS treated?

IBS is not curable, but treatment can dramatically reduce the severity of your symptoms and complications associated with the condition. You might consider making dietary changes, maintaining a healthy body weight, and getting more regular exercise.

Relief Clinic offers medical marijuana to ease the chronic pain, depression, and anxiety you may encounter because of IBS. Friendly providers at the Relief Clinic will help you obtain a medical marijuana certificate to gain legal access to this treatment.

To learn more about how medical marijuana helps with Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), call the Relief Clinic office or schedule an appointment online today.